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GOP Shutdown: Corporate Media Frames It Wrong

Photo courtesy of Salon.com The GOP Shutdown and “He Said-She Said” Reporting (via Moyers & Company) It’s almost certain that we’ll see the government shut down on Tuesday. The last time that happened, in 1996, it cost $2.1 billion in today’s dollars. Breaching the debt limit would be far, far worse – nobody knows how […]

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US gun massacres mount up, but no more gun control. Why?

US gun massacres mount up, but no more gun control. Why? (via The Christian Science Monitor) Aurora theater shooting survivor Stephen Barton speaks during a rally on gun control on Capitol Hill Thursday. Barton was shot in the neck, and received shrapnel wounds on his right arm and chest and cuts to his face. Twelve […]

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Middletown: Where’s the Stimulus?

(photo courtesy of The Century Foundation) Gallup concludes in their recent industry poll that our economy is the main driving force behind perceptions of industry. I would contend that Americans consider many aspects beyond just our economy. The Fed’s stimulus package has pumped trillions into the financial industry since 2009. It’s fueled the stock market […]

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War Against Terrorism: Who Are Our Enemies?

by Cora Currier, ProPublica In a major national security speech this spring regarding terrorism, President Obama said again and again that the U.S. is at war with “Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and their associated forces.” So who exactly are those associated forces? It’s a secret. At a hearing in May, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., asked […]

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Immigration Reform Passes US Senate

(photo courtesy of thinkprogress.com) US Senate passes comprehensive immigration reform (via AFP) In a vote hailed by US President Barack Obama, the Senate passed comprehensive immigration reform that would put 11 million undocumented people on a path to earning citizenship. Chants of “Yes we did!” erupted from the public galleries after senators…

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Benghazi: The Three Myths

Three Benghazi myths (via GlobalPost) Benghazi Analysis: There are at least three myths that have grown up around the terrible events on Sept. 11 of last autumn. Nicholas Burns Editor’s Note: Nicholas Burns is GlobalPost’s senior foreign affairs columnist. He writes a bimonthly column on the international issues that shape our world. CAMBRIDGE,…

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Is Obama Falling Short on Progressive Drug Strategy?

Is Obama Delivering on His Promise of a “21st Century” Approach to Drugs? When the Obama administration released its 2013 Drug Control Strategy recently, drug czar Gil Kerlikowske called it a “21st century” approach to drug strategy. “It should be a public health issue, not just a criminal justice issue,” he said. The latest plan […]

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Sequestration Update – Who’s Feeling the Pain

Everything We Know About What’s Happened Under Sequestration When the annual White House Easter Egg Hunt faced cancellation this year due to the package of mandatory budget cuts known as sequestration, the National Park Service kicked into high gear. It rescued the event — held since 1878 — with money from “corporate sponsors and the […]

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Cook Organic, Not the Planet

Cook Organic, Not the Planet By Alexis Baden-Mayer and Ronnie Cummins, Organic Consumers Association, February 7, 2013 For related articles and more information, please visit OCA’s Organic Transitions page, Agriculture and Climate page and our CAFOs vs. Free Range page What if there were an inexpensive technology that could cut greenhouse gas emissions by up […]